The Toledo Mud Hens got creative in trying to melt all the snow at Fifth Third Field by taking their tarp and turning it into a tarp dome:
Jake and his grounds crew have created a temporary 'hot zone dome' by using the rain tarp, putting snow around the edges and then using heaters to pump heat underneath the tarp. The heaters are pumping an estimated one million BTU's inside the temporary dome, which is cranking up the heat to around 70-72 degrees inside. The focus, initially, is on the infield portion of the field, but the dome will be moved to other portions of the field over the next week.
The Tigers tried to emulate the Mud Hens, but they put up a Double-A effort:
In fact, the Tigers don't even have a field at the moment.no comments
The Red Wings are the walking wounded. Going into the trade deadline needing defensive help
Nicklas Lidstrom to come out of retirement, Kenny Holland instead found himself needing to buy a bandaid.
Detroit native David Legwand is that temporary relief. The finger in the dike.
Holland traded Patrick Eaves, prospy Calle Jarnkrok, and a 3rd round draft pick for the 33-year-old Legwand.
Great move by Ken Holland. In a year that's seen half the Wings injure their groins, he acquires a guy whose name sounds like a magical leg.— The Triple Deke (@TheTripleDeke) March 5, 2014
Legwand is in the final year of his contract, so he's a rental, but he has 15 years of experience and will center the first line while Pavel Datsyuk is out for 3-4 weeks with a knee injury. Legwand's 40 points this season already puts him No. 2 on the Wings.
The Red Wings have not missed the playoffs in 22 seasons, but find themselves a foot out the door as of today (they trail Columbus by a point). Remember when bratty Red Wings fans complained about the late West Coast playoff games and rejoiced over the move to the Eastern Conference? Wahhhhh. How about no playoff games? The Legwand trade seems to be Holland's desperate, last ditched effort at keeping the streak alive. One might say, the streak is on its last ... [sunglasses] ... leg.no comments
Ian Kinsler may be juuuust a little bit bitter about how things unraveled in Texas before ultimately getting traded to the Tigers for Prince Fielder. In an interview with ESPN The Magazine he jokingly said he hopes the Rangers turn into the 2008 Detroit Lions:
“I hope they go 0-162,” Kinsler told ESPN The Magazine’s Robert Sanchez last month, in a story published this week. “I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass."
Sure, he also called his former GM, the one who inked him to a $75 million contract last year, a sleazeball, but let's not concern ourselves with minutiae. Eff the Rangers.no comments
Last year's NCAA runner up won the Big 10 regular season championship outright with a 84-53 victory over Illinois. They were 16 of 23 from three-point range! That's more threes than the Pistons have made in their last three games combined.no comments
Justin Verlander is no longer dating Taco Bell and he's now daring teammates to kiss their greatest fears goodbye.
Verlander's face says, "I can't believe he's really doing it; that gator could very well have the herp."
By the way, D4L's first viral post from exactly five years ago was a story about a gator. Fernando Rodney made a necklace out of one's teeth. Judging by Hunter's hashtag, he made out with it and then made boots.no comments
That comma in the headline is very important because Kate Upton is not in a bikini and you will not be able to unsee this:
Kate Upton hanging out with the Tigers at their little Spring Training fiesta lends more credence to the shocking rumors that Justin Verlander has broken up with Taco Bell.no comments
Chris Neil's unbuckling of Johan Franzen's helmet, punching him in the side of the head and ramming him into the boards got some play. Questions were asked and answers were given. Chris Neil brought up cosmetics [via Puck Daddy]:
“I’m there first shift and any shift he wants,” he said after Senators' practice Friday. “He wants to drop his purse, take the lipstick out, put it on his lips and ‘Let’s go.’ Anytime. Any day. Anywhere. I’m 6-foot-1, 215 lbs. He’s 6-foot-4, 240 lbs. I’m giving up height. I’m giving up weight. I’m not scared of him. Bring it on.”
Not sure why you'd put on lipstick before a fight. But I never played the game, so I'll defer to Neil on this one.
“I’d take my cape off he took the yellow streak off down the middle of his back," Neil added, and when asked what in the Hell that even means, he continued.
“You know that streak? It means a gutless streak. When a guy comes across the blueline and pokes you in the groin with his stick in a 6-1 game and chops guys that’s a no brainer. He’s going to get it."
(more from MLIVE) “He doesn’t even try to defend himself. That’s the worst part about it,” Neil said. “He’s saying, ‘Hit me, hit me.’ Yeah, I will hit you. That’s the bottom line. A good player like that and he can’t stick up for himself? It’s a joke. Especially when you play like that.”
Johan Franzen replied beautifully:
"Asking me to fight is like asking Chris Neil to show good hands & hockey sense" - Johan Franzen (per @AnsarKhanMLive)— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) March 1, 2014
Yes, yes, that is a mic drop.no comments
We have followed Justin Verlander's pre-game
date diet life rather closely here at D4L. When Verlander broke the news on Conan in 2012 that he would eat Taco Bell the night before every start, all the major tabloids picked up the story and it became quite the phenomenon. It added a whole new element to scrutinizing his every start -- He gave up how many runs? Well, did he eat Taco Bell last night? It's all the cheesy nachos fault. ... One-hitter? Yay Taco Bell!
2012 was largely a success. He probably should've won a second-straight Cy Young (he finished second in the voting) and thus, nobody could complain. Taco Bell was treating JV right -- the gas was still there and JV was blowing hitters away with his cheese.
However, the honeymoon and hot sauce started to wear off. We knew that JV was still seeing Taco Bell during Spring Training because we caught them flirting on Twitter, but there were reports of other foods (WE SHOULD'VE SEEN THE CLUES!) and Taco Bell was starting to try new things, too.
When the season started, JV's gas was noticeably lower. He even left a game due to 'injury'! In all, it was a major down year for JV, and Taco Bell received a lot of the complaints. The power couple was officially on the rocks.
And now, according to JV himself (via the Detroit Free Press), the two may have decided to officially take a little break:
“Last year was a year to change any superstitions that I wanted to change,” he said. “I’ll just leave that up to interpretation.”
But Verlander, who is recovering from offseason core-muscle surgery, seems to maintain some fond feelings for the Mexican-style fast-food chain.
“I don’t want to hurt their feelings,” he said when asked to confirm he changed his routine. And when pressed about Taco Bell’s new breakfast menu and its much-heralded Waffle Taco, he said, “I’ll probably try it at some point.”
Who knows? Maybe they'll take some time apart and then, like all relationships that are meant to be, they'll wind up being spotted together at a Flyers hockey game or something.no comments
I don't mean 'neat' in the informal sense of the word; I mean he's habitually tidy, according to Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Talk in an article titled, 'Brad Ausmus did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night. He didn't have to.':
Ausmus’ manner is free and easy and he’s quick with a joke, but he’s not hilarious the way Jim Leyland often is. And he doesn’t give a flip answer to anything. Even if it seems like he’s talking off the top of his head, you get the impression that he has already considered everything you might ask. Any subject that might come up. It’s an organized brain. It’s evident in his speaking and manner.
It’s even evident by looking at his desk. Every notepad, pen, stapler, and electronic device was neatly and squarely placed on his desk. More neatly than I’ve ever seen on anyone’s desk. It’s like those guys who arrange the place settings with rulers for royal dinners arranged his desk. And you can tell he likes it that way. During his interview, he sat in a side chair and let one of the veteran Tigers reporters sit in his desk chair, partially as a joke, partially out of actual respect. At one point the reporter knocked over his empty McDonald’s coffee cup on Ausmus’ desk calendar. It made no mess, not even a drop, and the reporter quickly picked it up and resumed his question.
Unless, as I was, you were looking right at Ausmus to see his reaction, you may not have noticed that, just for a moment, he dropped his free-and-easy demeanor. That something was interrupted in the intellectual order of his universe for a second. He focused on the cup and the calendar and was briefly concerned that chaos had entered his office. As soon as it was clear that there was no disaster, he snapped back to attention to matters at hand. Control and order had once again been restored.
I'd like for somebody to report back on this in six months. Who doesn't keep their desk in order their first couple weeks on the job??? Not that the ruggedly handsome skipper isn't a little more well-kempt and has better interview manners than Jim Leyland, but color me skeptical of the small sample size.
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